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and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi. you did not read the cables from stevens. i would have relieved you of your post. it was inexcusable you did not know this. by anybody's estimation, libya has to have been the hottest of hot spots around the world. not to know of the request for securities? really i think it cost people their lives. their lives could have been saved had someone been more available and had someone been aware of the things and more on top of the job. my question is, is the u.s. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to turkey out of libya? >> to turkey? i will have to take that question for the record. nobody ever raised that with me. >> with respect to personnel, senator, first that's why we have independent people who review the situation as we did with the pickering and mullen and all four individuals identified had been removed from their job. secondly they have been placed on administrative leave while we step through the process to determine the next steps. >> the answer is
hearing to deal with the tragic events this benghazi because it is a chance for each political party to beat up on the other. we can talk about how republicans didn't provide you with resources. we can talk about the administration inside the state department. i would hope maybe we can get you to come back again. i realize that would be gratis, you would not be on the government payroll and do the hearing i would like to have which is getting your input on the bigger issues of foreign policy. ultimately the security of our diplomats depends on the host country. this all a discussion about well, there might have been five security people on the ground, if only there was more funding or deployment, or this cable or that cable maybe there would be eight or nine security people on the ground which might have led to more protection or might have led to more casualties. in washington, the decision was made to provide well more than 16 security people to libya and nobody that i know in washington, dc, was involved in the issue of how many of those were in benghazi going with the ambassador
'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >>> new word of warnings that the u.s. consulate in benghazi was not safe, and they come from one of the americans killed. >>> plus -- >> i put my arms around the mother and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> what today means for hillary clinton's legacy. >>> welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm brooke baldwin at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. >> and i'm jake tapper in washington. any minute inside this room on capitol hill testimony, four months in the making, secretary of state hillary clinton will testify before the house foreign affairs committee about what happened on september 11th of last year, the day when these four americans, ambassador chris stevens, shawn smith, tyrone woods and glen doherty were killed at the u.s. mission in benghazi, libya. >> jake, i want to bring you back in and bring in our chief congressional correspondent dana bash so we can have this whole conversation as we're watching and awaiting the secre
director until he gets answers about the benghazi terror attack. he is here to explain. meanwhile, one of the few suspects in that attack walks. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. the already troubled investigation in to september's deadly terror attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi, libya, suffered another set-back. tunisia man suspected of involvement, has been released from custody. we'll get reaction shortly from one of the administration's biggest critics on the issue. first, national security correspondent jennifer griffin has the story from the pentagon. >> four months to the day since ambassador chrissteins and three others were killed in a terror attack on the u.s. benghazi mission, one of the only suspects in custody has been released. 26-year-old, tunisia detained in turkey was released by tunsen court due to lack of evidence according to the lawyer. he was present in the attack on the u.s. mission, fox news reported in november. based on video that the u.s. intelligence agencies had from the compound. his brother fought against the u.
. straight ahead, live coverage of secretary of state clinton's testimony on benghazi. chris matthews is in for chuck. >>> and the senate foreign relations committee will hear testimony this morning from secretary of state hillary clinton on the september 11th attack in benghazi, libya, that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. good morning, i'm chris matthews, with you for the hour, as we watch secretary clinton's testimony, in what will likely be her final appearance on capitol hill, as the nation's top diplomat. secretary clinton will face questions that republicans have wanted to ask for months. what exactly did she know about security failures in benghazi? well, nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, this is going to be one dramatic day up there. >> reporter: there has been so much buildup towards this. and because of not only the scope and the tragedy of what happened in benghazi, but the magnitude of who the prime witness is. hillary clinton, in one of her final acts as secretary of state, one of the things members have told me they rea
in benghazi, and the israeli elections when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: we begin this evening with secretary of state clinton on capitol hill. lawmakers questions her earlier today about the september 11, 2012 attacks on the american consulate in benghazi, libya. four americans were killed that day, including ambassador christopher stevens. secretary clinton's testimony had been post toned until now. she took responsibility and emsized her commitment to improving diplomat security abroad. >> as i have mentioned many times i take responsibility and nobody is more committed to getting this right. i am determined to leave the state department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure. now, taking responsibility meant moving quickly in those first uncertain hours and days to respond to the immediate crisis, but, also, to further protect our people and posts in high-threat areas across the region and the world. it meant launching an independent investigation to determine exactly what happened in b
republicans about benghazi. >> i'm glad that you're accepting responsibility. i think that ultimately with your leaving you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11, and i really mean that. had i been president at the time and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi, you did not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relieved you from your post. >> well, joining me now for our daily fix, chris cillizza, msnbc contributor and nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell, and david sanger. welcome, all. chris, we've seen these kinds of dramas before. this one was pretty tough. of course, the house side yet to come. how is hillary clinton, do you think, doing in terms of holding her own with a pretty tough brief? >> i think she's done quite well, and this is not an easy, as you point out, this is not an easy thing to do, andrea. i think it's fascinating. one democrat asks a question, then one republican. the democrat says, secretary clinton, thank you so much for your service, you've done a great job, there are no questions, then you go ov
environment in eastern libya and benghazi and a direct threat on our compound. we have work to do, to take in the information, making sure it gets to the right people and it isn't somehow stovepiped or stalled. that it does rise to decision-makers. i am committed to improving every way i can on what a.r.b. toll us to do on assessing our intelligence. i predict we will see all kind of threats not just to our government facilities but to private sector-facilities. in tunisia, although we protected our embassy, our school was badly damaged. we have to take a broader view. the a.r.b. gives us a start. it is not the whole story. >> thank you secretary clinton for yourto securing america's place in the world the past four years. and your contributions to world peace. the first question these do with accountability review board report that identifies specifically people who were found to have engaged in the department and systematic failures and deficiencies. i want to be clear. you were not one those people, is that correct? >> that is correct. it was said great a report in the 1990's the secret
the third hearing to deal with the tragic events of benghazi because it's a chance to beat up on the other party. we can talk about how you were not provided with resources and the administration inside the state department. i hope that maybe we would get you to come back again. i realize that would be gratis. you wouldn't be on the payroll at that time. with the hearing i would like to have, getting your input on the bigger issues of foreign policy. ultimately the security of our diplomats depens on the host country. this is all a discussion about there might have been five security people on the ground if only there was more funning and deployment and that cable and this cable, there would have been eight or nine that might have led to more protection or more casualties. here in washington the decision was made to provide well more than 16 security people to libya. nobody that i know of in washington was involved in the issue of how many of those were in benghazi going with the ambassador or there in advance. the decision that all 16 weren't with him was a decision that you can't blame e
failures at the benghazi mission. now, you've said that the numerous cables requesting and begging for additional resources sent by ambassador chris stevens were never seen by state officials above assistant secretary eric boswell or deputy assistant secretary charlene lamb. i know you care very deeply about the people that work with you in the department. so given the fact that your testimony is that you never saw any of these multiple requests and nobody above assistant secretary level saw these requests, doesn't that give you some concerns about the flow of information within the department? and maybe some of your ability to prioritize and get to your attention serious issues. you said that you get hundreds of thousands of cables all the time. and these cables directly to you. i understand that you don't read them all nor do you have the time to do that. but i would think that within the department, you would have peebl who worked for you who are able to prioritize and get to you the ones that are more serious in nature. and especially when somebody's security is on the line. fi
hearing four months after the benghazi attacks. the much-awaited appearance delayed by a month long illness. after four years as secretary of state, her first testifying. >> we have respect for the hard work you have put forth over the last four years. we all appreciate the transparency with which you keep -- talk to all of us. >> but the situation in benghazi left a shadow on the work. it was at times an emotional hearing. >> i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag draped caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters, and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> then there was time for tough questions and equally tough answers. for months, republicans have accused the administration of trying to say it was an attack by al qaeda militants. >> there was supposedly protests, and the assaults sprang out of that, and that was ascertained that was not the fact. people could have known that within days, and they did not know that. >> with all due respect, the fact is, we ha
questions about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, in two congressional hearings. first the senate foreign relations committee, followed by her testimony at the house foreign affairs >> and hillary clinton answered questions about the september 11, 2012 attack. a u.s. ambassador died in that attack along with two of the embassy's security staff. secretary clinton will be stepping down from her purse once a new secretary of state is confirmed. this is two and a half hours. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] the committee will come to order. let me begin by welcoming the new members to the committee. since the full senate has not passed the committee resolution officially, i want to ask unanimous consent to returning members to allow prospective members to protest pay into de's hearing. if there is no objection, so ordered. let me welcome you and thank you to come before the committee. you had an intervening challenge and we are thrilled to see you here today doing well and to take time out of yo
in benghazi on september 11th which is the, what i call the myth of libya's irrelevance to u.s. policy. and i think over the course of, if you go back to the foundations of the libyan state in 1951, you know, u.s. relations with libya have been, you know, u.s. has always looked at libya as something of a strange creature that we could use with for certain -- use for certain, as a piece of a strategy that had to do with the region as a whole. it was never really looked at as an object -- the relationship was never seen as an object in and of itself. um, you know, it could start off with the relationship with the soviets, the eisenhower doctrine and the united states' desire to push back. libya was desperately pleading for u.s. attention back then, for aid to get itself together to be able to, you know, to stand on its own feet. this was before the discovery of oil. and the u.s. kind of took a, well, you know, you're really not as important as egypt, for example, and, you know, we'll think about it. and the result was that the prime minister at the time, you know, basically devised a plan to co
to ask secretary clinton. for example on the night of the september 11th attack in benghazi what was her personal involvement? they note this facility in benghazi had been attacked on june 6th, three months before the 9/11 attack. they want to know what she knew about that and what she did about. they want to ask why she was not the one to go on the sunday morning political talk shows. instead it was sues san rice blaming a video. heading into these hearings there are many, many questions. >> why aren't we spending money to guard americans who put their lives on the line and leave their families and go out to leave for work in the foreign services? shouldn't our priority be to make sure americans are protected first before we give american taxpayer dollars to countries that don't like us very much. >> so far the state department refused to let us know the names of the survivors. state department employees injured in that firefight they should be interviewed and talked to by members of congress. so far that hasn't happened. >> reporter: this first hearing is in the senate foreign relation
attack in benghazi which killed four americans including our ambassador, injured many others, and destroyed two u.s. facilities, yet despite the month has passed, we are hardly closer to bringing those responsible for justice than we were the weeks immediately following the attack. put bluntly, the lack of progress in identifying and hunting down the terrorists responsible is stunning. . consider the current state of the obama administration's response to the attack. four months later, the administration still cannot or will not name the terrorist groups responsible for the attacks or the names of these group leaders. four months later, despite constant video footage that many members of congress have seen and many eyewitnesses, not a single benghazi terrorist suspect is in custody. four months later, the unfinished business has had access to only one suspect, ali, for just three hours and the tunisian government kept the f.b.i. team waiting for more than five weeks -- five weeks when they were finally granted access. four months later, the administration still has not discus
with this situation." it seems the administration learned its lesson from benghazi. so far no, u.s. assets have been moved in to help. unlike last september the consulate was attacked now they have the own commander and extremis source. a group of several cousin operators for the situation. i'm told they are standing by awaiting the president's orders. bret? >> bret: we heard in greg's report a group claiming responsibility headed by the algerian born jihadist. what more do we know aboutbe him and his connection to this mali operation. >> they call him muktar in his 40s and lost an eye fighting in afghanistan. the french have been watching him for some time. they call him mr. marlboro because he finances his al-qaeda wing by smuggling cigarettes and diamonds. he split from aqim in october. he formed a splinter group called the masked ones. he has a group of fighters behind him. he has fought in libya in the past. >> we'll follow this and head back for breaking news. president obama said society's first obligation is to protect the children. today he revealed what he wants to do to fight gun violence
in benghazi that killed four americans including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. at the top of the next hour, it's the house's turn and we may hear still more fireworks there. like this response from secretary clinton earlier to a suggestion that the administration misrepresented the real cause of this attack. >> we were misled there were supposedlyrotests and something sprang out of that and that was easily ascertained that was not the fact and the american people could have known in days and they didn't know that. >> with all due respect the fact is we had four dead americans, was it because of a protest or guys out for a walk one night and decided they'd go kill some americans. what difference, it at this point, does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again. people were trying in real-time to get to the best information. the ic has a process, i understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out, but you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking
scathing report on benghazi attacks. not true. >> had i been president at the time i would have relieved you of your post. >> hillary clinton finally answering questions about the benghazi attacks. >> putting on quite a performance for lawmakers and the press. real emotion or just an act? the woman who ignited the petraeus sex scandal takes her story to the press. is it too late or did the media take the bait? notre dame's all star linebacker manti te'o gives katie couric the straight scoop on the fake girlfriend hoax. prince harry get hammered by the media for giving the facts. >> we fought when we have to. take a life to save a life. >> on the panel this week daily beast and "u.s.a. today" columnist kirsten powers. syndicated columnist call thomas, jim pinkerton contributing editor the american conservative magazine investigative reporter and fox news contributor vicki ward. i'm fox news jon scott fox news is on right now. i barack obama hussein obama do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the of the united states. >> and will to the best of my abil
to benghazi, i don't think it would have crossed his mind. robert ford, who served as our ambassador to syria, when out on numerous ocases -- occasions to talk to the opposition before we pulled him out of damascus. we had, you know, very brave ambassadors like ryan crocker, one of our very best, who it would be difficult to say, ryan, you can't go do this even though you decided you should do it. what we're trying to do is create a more ongoing discussion between our ambassadors, our bureaus back in the state department who are regional experts, and our security people so that at the very least no ambassador is taking an unnecessary risk, however that is defined. >> with regard to ambassador stevens, certainly it was brave of him to go to benghazi on the date he did. i have to ask you honestly, though, was there anything in his itinerary on the 10th or 11th that required his personal presence? >> he certainly thought so, congressman he did, of course, discuss this with his own security people. we do have regional security officers in these posts. they are the ones that an ambassador will tur
endemic to the country's work. i learned about benghazi, as the critical changes in libya began to unfold. his leadership there at a time of great importance and danger was a tribute to his courage and bravery. his skill and dedication as a diplomat. to his commitment to a new and better libya. benghazi in a real sense, as you have heard today, became his city. as it is with a deep sense of fate that in benghazi he and his colleagues gave that last full measure for his country and his many friends in the city where he died, continuing to defend and prosper their hopes and their aspirations for the future. many have commented since on chris's salient commitment to the people of benghazi. john thorn writing in the christian science monitor noted that when he passed in the street, the young men would call out, hello, chris. they knew his face. would laugh and say hello always. this is the right way to deal with our people, he said. libyan friends said he was always ready to put his country first. he shone by being himself, interested in the lives of ordinary people. his death was met with sh
hillary clinton was questioned about the september 11 attacks about that u.s. diplomatic post in benghazi, libya. a u.s. ambassador died in that attack and three of the staff. she will be stepping down from her post once the new secretary of state is confirmed. this hearing is two and half hours. [gavel] >> good morning. the committee will come to order. let me begin by welcoming the new members to the committee. since the full senate has not passed the committee resolution officially, i want to ask unanimous consent to returning members to allow prospective members to participate in today's hearing. if there is no objection, so ordered. let me welcome you and thank you for coming before the committee. you had an intervening challenge and we are thrilled to see you here today doing well and to take time out of your schedule in these final days to discuss the tragic events that occurred in benghazi on september 11, and the lessons we need to learn from that event to make sure all of our personnel is protected. in your tenure as secretary of state, you have always been up front, forthright,
on capitol hill. answering tough questions about what happened in benghazi libya, when four americans were killed. joining us david ignatius of "washington post." and michael gordon of the "new york times." >> what today provided was the drama of secretary clinton in her final major appearance defending herself defending the administration and getting very emotional and very feisty. and i think what we took away from this was how intense feelings are on both sides. the republicans really went after her today, and she-- she-- she pushed back hard. >> rose: we conclude this evening with the a look at the surprising elections in israel with david remnick, mort zuckerman, and dennis ross. >> i don't want us to be deluded and think because lapid somehow got an outsized amount of votes suddenly the country has moved dramatically to the left. it has not. it has not. and i think we need to have a more tragic sense of what's going on in terms of the palestinian question, which is the one that concerns us the most. certainly it is in the top three of the big questions about israel. and there's not g
. there were the attacks on the red cross they pulled out of benghazi. there were attacks on the consulate itself. yet we had no evacuation plan established in spite of the fact that months earlier in libya we had i think to get an italian ferryboat to get people out who were in danger who were diplomats at the time. so those are the concerns. we want to make sure there is security for our ambassadors which gets to the issue, we talk about what happened on the talk shows. you said the best information what was best available at the time. the american people heard, we had a substantial security presence. they heard, we obviously did have a strong security presence. they heard, obviously there was a significant security presence. and i just believe that wasn't the case. and i would ask you today, if you believe that we had a significant, substantial and strong security presence in libya at that time? because we want that for all of our ambassadors. >> right, well, senator, we had a security presence that was mutually reinforced with the annex. we had had as you rightly point out and others b
, after months of delays, secretary clinton testifies on bernanke. -- benghazi. >> we had no doubt there were terrorists militants they killed our people. >> we were mislead there were supposedly protests and something sprang out of that, an assault sprang out of that. >> with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest or guys out for a walk one night who decided they would go kill some americans. what the difference at this point does it make? >> shepard: secretary clintons testifying for the first time about the attack in libya. and facing fierce criticism. >> i'm glad that you're accepting responsibility. i think that ultimately with your leaving you accept the culpability for the worse tragedy since 9/11. i really mean that. >> shepard: tonight, her responses, the emotional moments. >> i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers and sons and daughters. >> shepard: and what we still do not know about the attack in benghazi. >> shepard: that is first from fox this wednesday night for five and a half hours today.
will be testifying in a couple minutes about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. we have complete coverage of that. let's get right to our end point, connie mack, i'll give it to you. >> the conversation about the drones, law enforcement, real estate agents. this is an infringement i think on our privacy and rights as individuals. the technology might be awesome, and we might enjoy that technology, but it's something i think we have to be very, very careful with. if it's in the wrong hands, what they use that technology for. >> it will be interesting to see where it ends up going. thanks for being with us guys. hey carol, good morning. ♪ >>> good morning to all of you, i'm carol costello, happening now, secretary of state hillary clinton answers for the deaths of four americans before a senate committee. after weeks of delay, she appears before lawmakers to discuss the terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in libya, and republicans are being warn todd be respectful to secretary clinton. but it will go beyond politics. did the government do enough to protect their citizens? did the state
and attacks on the red cross that they pulled out of benghazi. there were attacks on the consulate itself. yet, we had no evacuation plan established in spite of the fact that months earlier in libya we had i think -- an italian ferry boat to be able to get people out who were in danger who were diplomats at the time. so those are the concerns. we want to make sure their security for our ambassadors, which gets to the issue, we talk about what happened on the talk shows. and they said the best information that was best available at the time, the american people heard we had a substantial security presence. thy heard we obviously heard we did have a strong security presence. and obviously there was a significant security presence. and i just believe that that wasn't the case. and i would ask you today, if you believe we had a significant substantial and strong security presence in libya at that time? because we want that for all our ambassadors. >> right. senator, we had a security presence that was mutually reinforced with the annex. we had had as you rightly point out and others before, you p
attack on in benghazi in september. of course, she was supposed to have testified back in december but kept postponing it for health issues. [ laughter ] it came to be referred to as the -- >> the benghazi flu. >> apparently it's the acute benghazi allergy. >> jon: well, the benghazi flu turned out to be a cerebral blood clot point taken. as there could be no doubt as to what caused the cooing alates in the cap larrys is fear of lawmakers. questions such as. >> at what point in time can our administration and government fire someone whose gross negligence left four americans dead in benghazi. what does the word responsibility mean to you madam secretary. >> jon: well websters defines responsibility as why don't you go (bleep) yourself. [ applause ] i'm sorry that was from the show "webster." i'm not saying hillary clinton or the state department are blameless here. we need a thoreau inquiry and critical analysis of the misjudgments and pure incompetence that led to the tragedy but this here committee weren't it. >> on august 16 we had this cable that's been widely reported a classi
occupied about keeping our people safe, doing what needed to be done in the follow-up to benghazi. i really don't think anybody in the administration was really focused on that so much as trying to figure out what we should be doing. and you know, i wasn't involved in the talking points process. as i understand it, as i've been told, it was a typical inner agency process where staff including from the state department, all participated to try to come up with whatever was going to be made publicly available and it was an intelligence product and it's my understanding the intelligence community is working with committees to explain the whole process. >> thank you i have follow-up questions but my time is up. i gather you still stand by the statement that heavily armed militants assaulted our compound and you vowed to bring them to justice, you still stand by that? >> absolutely. >> senator cardin. >> first, congratulations and thank you for your extraordinary service to our country during these past four years as secretary of state. i believe the world is safer today because america is better
ambassador, there were the attacks on the red cross when they pulled out of benghazi. and yet we had no evacuation plan established in spite of the fact that months earlier in libya we had an italian ferry boat to be able to get people who were in danger at the time. those are the concerns. we want to make sure that there is security for our ambassadors, which gets to the issue of -- we talk about what happened on the talk shows and you say the best information was what was best available at the time. the american people heard, we had a substantial security presence. they heard, we obviously did have a strong security presence. they heard, obviously there was a significant security presence. and i just believe that that wasn't the case. and i would ask you today, if you believe we had a significant, substantial, and strong security presence in libya at that time. because we want that for all of our ambassadors. >> right. well, senator, we had a security present that was mutually reinforced with the annex. we had had, as you rightly point out and others before you, previous incidents,
.m. eastern. next on c-span, secretary of state hillary clinton on the benghazi attack in president obama's second inaugural address followed by reaction to president obama's speech from mitch mcconnell and lamar alexander. now testimony from hillary clinton on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. secretary clinton took responsibility for the deaths of four americans including ambassador chris stevens. this is one of her last hearings before she steps down. john kerry is the nomination to replace her. from the foreign relations committee, this is to 0.5 hours. -- 2.5 hours. >> let me begin by welcoming the new members to the committee. since the false and that has not passed the committee resolution of official late seating members, i want to ask consent to allow our prospective members to participate in today's hearing. let me welcome me and thank you for honoring your commitment to come before the committee after the review board's findings. you said you would after the findings were completed. you have a bit of an intervening challenge. we are thrilled to see you here today do
and senate committees on the september attack on the consulate in benghazi. this is her appearance before the house foreign relations committee chaired by california congressman ed rice. it's three hours. [background sounds] >> this hearing on the committee on foreign affairs will come to order. welcome, madam secretary. madam secretary, on behalf of the entire committee, let me say how glad we are to see you healthy and how much we appreciate your desire to testify about benghazi before you leave office. let me also say that our appreciation extends to the work that you have performed on behalf of our country. this is our committees opening hearing of this congress. it is my initial hearing as the chairman. examining the first murder of the u.s. ambassador in nearly 35 years the killing of other brave americans is not a work in place to start, but it is necessary. the state department must learn from its mistakes to better protect its employees. many of whom served in hostile environments. unfortunately, threats to americans abroad are growing particularly those threats are growing in no
, germany, and the netherlands are to their citizens to get out of benghazi, libya in response to an imminent threat against westerners. >> just touched a button. it hands you the picture. >> it brought us a new age of instant photography. tonight, we focus on the man whose polaroids help capture our lives in real time. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. it is time for policy to catch up with reality. that was the message that leon panetta said today as he lifted a ban on women serving in combat. acknowledge in the sacrifices which have already been made by both sexes, he talked of a future where everyone would be given the opportunity to serve in front line rolls. what's the next greatest generation will be one of men and women who will fight and die together to protect this nation. that is what freedom is all about. >> leon panetta there. what do these changes mean and how does the u.s. military compare with other countries like britain? our defense correspondent has a closer look. >> thousands of women in the u.s. military had been f
of congressional testimony. over the attack in benghazi, libya. so what did we learn? this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. amid accusations of a coverup, incompetence and inaction, secretary of state hillary clinton defended her handling of the september 11 assault on the u.s. mission in benghazi, libya, while accepting responsibility as head diplomat. we have coverage. brit hume looks at the hearings and the questioners. chief white house correspondent ed henry focuses on what the president was doing during and after the attack. we begin with the chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel. at times, somber and at times combative hillary clinton. good evening. >> bret. good evening. more than four months after the benghazi attack, lawmakers are given a chance to question secretary of state clinton about what went wrong. who is to blame. and how to prevent future attacks like this one. >> days before she is due to leave the post, secretary of state clinton said the september 11 attack on benghazi consulate that led to four americans being killed stopped
for well-deserved rest. the topic, of course, it was the the 2011 2011 benghazi attack in libya that killed four americans including ambassador stevens. they were waiting for hillary clinton so they could forward the love of chris christie that they hate. today secretary clinton was wrapping up her current job with this forth right testimony. >> as i have said many times i take responsibility, and nobody is more committed to getting this right. i am determined to leave the state department and our country safer, stronger and more secure. >> john: secretary clinton later gave way to a rare display of public emotion when she talked about the risk that men and women of the foreign service take for our country. >> for me this is not just a matter of policy. it's personal. i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters, and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> john: but for some republicans the issue wasn't the sacrifice
. >> and at her side one of her toughest critics on benghazi. today recounting how he and fellow vietnam veteran john kerry worked together to normalize relations with vietnam in the 1990s. >> helping to establish a relationship with vietnam that serves american interests and values rather than one that remained meyered many mutual resentment and bitterness is one of my proudest accomplishments as a senator. i expect it is one of john's as well. witnessing almost daily his exetch lear statesmanship is one of the highest privileges i've had here. >> kerry's first appearance on the senate foreign relations panel as an activist. some things don't change. >> how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in vietnam? >> i'm tired of -- >> when i first came to washington and testified, i was testifying as part of the group of people who came here to have their voices heard, and that is, above all, what this place is about, so i respect, i think, the woman who was voicing her concerns about that part of the world. >> women at war. the pentagon lifts the 20-year ban on women in combat. opening new caree
on benghazi because we've been talking about whether or not it had something to do with a film afterwards. my complaint has always been in the year in advance of these attacks, why wasn't there significant security provided and why were the requests repeated requests for more security turned down? and i think those were serious judgment errors on secretary clinton on her part and i think she really has to accept spoon built and i'm glad she has. >> she had a very tough exchange with your colleague from wisconsin, senator johnson. i'm going to play her reaction to what he was asking her about what was going on. listen to this. >> with all due respect, the fact is, we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they would go kill americans. what difference, at this point, does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> she was pretty angry. she was pretty passionate in responding to this senator. what is your reaction when you heard her an
occur. >> do you think that the benghazi controversy, the failures that had been acknowledged certainly by that review board, should that in any way be held against hillary clinton if she ends up being a candidate? should it disqualify her or be something that needs to be part of her legacy? >> you know, the american people can judge that. i've had numbers of conversations with her. i do think, again, a big part of what americans and people here on both sides of the aisle were concerned about were the communications. was the intelligence and candidly, the fact that we really have missed it in north africa. the fact is that, you know, there was a lot of spiking of the ball, concerning what happened with bin laden. it was almost as if al qaeda had gone away. as we see especially with the arab spring a whole new era is being rushed many to -- we know that we're almost in greater threat today than we were in the past. >> i think people think she acquitted herself well today. there are routine that is you go through at the state department to try to correct these things. it was a traversy. p
and cbs you didn't know about fast and furious or benghazi. you didn't know about so many of the scandals. that's one. the other one was cooking the books. they were actuall editing footage. they did it to mitt romney and made him look like an i idiot. they did it to george zimmerman. we have never seen this before. any rules of journalism are forever gone. >> let's go to tape here. remember the first debate and the president didn't do very well. and then al g gore went out and said, well, it could have been the altitude. great excuse? okay for al gore, he is a big liberal, but diane sawyer? >> your supporters have been saying this isn't a bad night. he didn't show d up. >> it just looked like to me he didn't want to be there. his mind wasn't on it. he didn't want toen gaming. >> this is legendary strategist james carville. >> like i say, there is no doubt that i can make a better case which is why i am so looking forward to tuesday. >> but again, why did it happen? al gore said was it the altitude? >> you are so good. we worship you so much. wass it the altitude? was al right? >> i don't
an anybody who dead the benghazi attacks? we now know the same people are right out in the open admitting they did it. they're in algeria. we just had a warning today there's potentially another attack coming against westerners in benghazi. the second question, why did you fail to secure could -- gadhafi good's weapons before toppling him. those are the weapons we're seal all over the place, and the third thing i'd like to get some answers for, how are you going to protect all those american civilians who are staying behind after american troops leave the region. >> a good thing you weren't asking questions. we give a lot of money to this region. what are we getting for it? >> very little. that's one over the big problems with foreign aid. i like and believe in foreign aid. i think it's a lot better to buy friends than kill enemies but it isn't buying friends. look at egypt. antiamerican leadership now running egypt. egypt is a basket case economically, and yet egypt is now talking about even abrogating a peace treaty with israel. egypt is allow thing sinai peninsula, the no man's land to
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